Denver Approves Pharmacy for First Approval to Provide Marijuana

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Strawberry Fields owns five pharmacies across Colorado.

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Strawberry Fields, a Colorado network of five pharmacies with a store in Denver, has received the city’s first marijuana delivery permit, according to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.

Approved by Denver City Council in April, the marijuana delivery license has been open for applications since June. Strawberry Fields acquired the licensed business, a former Nature’s Herbs and Wellness at 3435 South Yosemite Street, in March, considering Denver’s upcoming delivery rules, according to co-owner Rich Kwesell.

Denver is the second Colorado city after Aurora to choose to provide recreational marijuana. While shipping revenues are starting to slow in this city, pharmacy and delivery service owners expect Denver to be the catalyst for soaring consumer demand.

“The extradition will be the biggest change to the chess board that has ever occurred. It’s like there’s a new piece on the board. We’re not sure what it will do, but it will affect things,” says Kwesell .

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The company is relying on the location of the store near the driveways to Interstates 25 and 225 to make it a prime location as a delivery hub, Kwesell explains. Strawberry Fields is spending around $ 500,000 to redesign the store and plans to use some of the space to process orders for a delivery radius around Denver that has yet to be determined.

“We bought it because the building is suitable for future expansion games, including delivery. This enormous area is used for order processing, ”he says. “It will be interesting to see how quickly we start adding more cars. We’re not sure yet.”

Denver’s marijuana delivery rules require marijuana deliveries to be made by companies that qualify for a new social justice policy on marijuana licensing. Because Strawberry Fields is ineligible by the social justice definition, the pharmacy must work with a non-presence freight forwarding company before it can provide delivery services in Denver. Since Doobba LLC became the first company on July 9, according to Excise and Licenses, three more companies have applied for an off-premises delivery license, with at least one of the companies requiring approval before the end of the month.

Strawberry Fields is still negotiating a deal with a potential delivery partner, but operations chief Faline Van Landschoot is confident an agreement will be reached soon; She wants deliveries to start in late July or early August.

“There are a lot of agreements and contracts that you have to sign. But licensing is usually pretty straightforward, ”she explains.

Once Strawberry Fields can start delivering supplies, there are a few rules that need to be followed. Deliveries can only be made to residential addresses and customers who place the order must show their ID to the delivery driver. Deliveries are limited to 1 ounce of bud, 8 grams of concentrate, or edibles containing 800 milligrams of THC, and can be paid for with cash or credit card, but only in person or through third-party payment systems per state and city code.

Kwesell says he had casual discussions with local governments in Pueblo, Trinidad and Downieville, where the other four Strawberry Fields stores are located, about implementing the delivery, but he doesn’t see them following Denver’s lead anytime soon .

“We have a better chance of adding a drive-thru window in these other locations first,” he concludes.

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